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Gate latching hits a roadblock (ZebWeb)
Good story. Here’s the top:
L.A.’s subway system has locked its gates and finally moved past an honor system that’s been in place for more than two decades. But it’s a different story at dozens of Metro light rail stations, which usually have stand-alone fare-card readers but no barriers to entry.
David Sutton, Metro’s deputy executive officer in charge of the gate-latching project, said that won’t change any time soon. Last week, in response to a July motion from several members of the Board of Directors, Sutton and his team released a report on the feasibility of installing lockable turnstiles on Phase 1 of Expo Line and at future stations throughout the expanding rail system.
“We’re not going to be able to lock them all,” Sutton said. “Some of the stations just don’t lend themselves to gates because of the space available and the cost.”
Some stations on the light rail system are already equipped with turnstiles, and their latching is slated for completion by February, Sutton said. On the Gold Line, the 5 out of 21 stations with turnstiles were latched earlier this month. Next up is the Blue Line, where 6 of 21 stations are scheduled to be latched in December, followed by all 14 stations of the elevated Green Line.
Along all Metro’s light rail routes, there currently are 41 stations where customers can enter without a barrier requiring payment, including the entire first phase of Expo Line. Sutton and his team examined the possibility of installing barriers at all non-gated light rail stations and have identified 13 for further analysis.
For those interested in this issue, please read the entire article. There’s a lot of info in there, including a good nugget about ticket sales rising on the Red/Purple Lines in August.
Legislature OKs CEQA changes (The Independent)
A bill was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown that includes some gentle changes to state law governing how big projects are studied and what kind of lawsuits can be filed against them. The changes deal in part with parking for infill projects in urban areas with more than 50,000 people. The Legislature’s intention is to make it easier for projects to be built and studied; we’ll see if it works out that way.
Roads kill map (Pulitzer Center)
The map shows the rate of road deaths in countries across the globe. Among the worst: Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand and Venezuela, all with more than 30 deaths per one million residents.
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